The 2018 CEPEX Japan Studies Award

 Are you interested in learning more about international business and Japan? The 2018 Japan Studies Award is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, and The George Washington University. Applicants do not need to be taking a Japanese language course, but must have a strong interest in Japan to be considered.

The 2018 Japan Studies Award winner will receive a 10-week internship at the DC office of Sojitz Corporation of America from February 19-April 27, 2018, followed by a 10-day international internship at Sojitz Corporation in Tokyo, Japan. Sojitz Corporation of America is a U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese trade and investment corporation. The DC internship will be 5-10 hours per week and includes attending think tank events, writing concise event summaries, and conducting research. After successfully completing the DC internship, the Japan Studies Award winner will travel to Tokyo, Japan for 10 days during May/June 2018. The intern will be able to further their interest in Japanese language, culture and international business through a unique internship at Sojitz Corporation in the Kasumigaseki area of Tokyo. The combined DC-Tokyo Japan Studies Award internships provide first-hand experience of what working for a Japanese corporation entails.

The Japan Studies Award includes a small stipend during the DC internship, roundtrip airfare to Tokyo, hotel accommodations, and stipend during the Tokyo internship. For more information about CEPEX and previous Japan Studies Award winners, please visit

How to Apply:

2018 application will be available on the CEPEX website in December 2018. Prospective candidates must submit a completed application by January 31, 2018 by email. Candidates will be invited to an in-person interview at CEPEX headquarters in Washington, DC during February 5-9, 2018. The winner will be announced on February 9 2018. Please send questions to Nicole Uehara at

About CEPEX: The Center for Professional Exchange (CEPEX) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the U.S.-Japan relationship and cultivating the next generation of U.S.-Japan experts.

Sojitz Foundation and All Nippon Airways have generously supported the CEPEX Japan Studies Award since 2011. For more information visit: and

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